A Teenager Just Built The World’s Lightest Satellite—and NASA’s Launching It

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An Indian teenager has not only produced A 64-gram (0.14-pound) satellite, NASA has agreed to launch it next month. (Science Alert)

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Discussion Ideas

 

 

  • What makes the Kalam Sat’s casing so intriguing to NASA and the rest of the space community?
    • If it works, that casing will be efficient and affordable to both develop and launch. Shaarook and his team created the satellite and its casing for less than $1,561.

 

TEACHERS TOOLKIT

Science Alert: A Teenager Just Built The World’s Lightest Satellite – And NASA’s Launching It

Quartz: An 18-year-old Indian just may have designed the world’s lightest satellite

Nat Geo: So, You Want to Build a Satellite? video study guide

NASA: What Is a Satellite?

3 thoughts on “A Teenager Just Built The World’s Lightest Satellite—and NASA’s Launching It

  1. Welldone Rifath for Kalam Sat (is this name inspired by Dr. Abdul Kalam?). But I wonder what could be the other benefits except innovative casing design since the sat cannot orbit more than 12 minutes before crashing back to earth?

    1. Yes! Kalam Sat was named to honor India’s former president and “Missile Man”, A.P.J. Kalam.

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